Wednesday, November 28, 2012

What time is it!...It's Washi Tape time!

I'm sooo sorry, but I just enjoy doing different things with this tape.  I find it versatile and gives me the ability to create a very quick card and "quick" is not usually found in my personal dictionary as we all know!

I'm rather fond of black and white and now you can purchase Washi Tape in sheets!  Yep!  So I didn't have to do any piecing of tape with this card.  Using a long border die and combining it with Inchie squares and rolled roses, this is what I came up with.  I'm going to be doing a picture frame using the same sheet of Washi paper and I'll post that down the road.

The inspiration for this next card is one of my favorite Impression Obsession stamp backgrounds which I stamped in white on navy card stock.  I placed a band of border punched white card stock across the center front of the card and then created a bow using my plastic bag technique and my Craft-Dee BowZ.

I also have a few Christmas cards for you today.  This first one was inspired by the unusual combo of pink and white snowflake Washi tape, so I used it in combination with a new Penny Black set and mounted it on a piece of gold mirror card stock.

Now the next two I did in brown/gold and smoky black/silver.  What?  Now why in the world would someone use browns and blacks for Christmas?  Take a peek and see what you think.

These were, of course, inspired by the silver and gold glitter Washi tape and my favorite mirror card stock.  The die is from Poppy Stamps.   Wouldn't these make great masculine cards for the holidays?

Well, I hope I've inspired you some more to get out there and try this great medium.

That's it for today -- ciao for now!

Ciao Bella! 

Monday, November 26, 2012

Madly in love with Graphic 45 paper!

Have you seen their newest line, Place in Time?  DON'T!!  You'll be sorry!  I created this card just because I loved the colors and the whimsy and antiquity of these papers.  I don't know what type of fold this is as I reproduced it from a kit that a friend purchased somewhere.  So while I can't take credit for the folds, I can take credit for the creativity involved using these papers.  I'll also include a picture of this card in the open position so that you get the idea. It has a belly band to keep the card closed and I added this embellishment for extra interest.

What's so terrific about this line is that it's for each month of the year (oh boy!).  So, of course, I purchased each month!  This card kept me busy for several hours believe it or not as there are so many elements on each page, that you want to pick and choose where and how you want your placement.

I think I'll do January next and perhaps I'll start doing a post a month with the results.  You may want to pick up some of this luscious paper and "play" along with me (LOL!).

That's it and ciao for now!

Ciao Bella! 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

An ornament...card...??

I'm getting a bit behind again with my posting so I thought I'd share this card that I taught  (or one very similar) at Kept Creations last week.  This is made using the rosette technique and sandwiching it between two pieces of cardstock.

Here's a side view...

I used a series of Spellbinder dies for the main circle and rim of the circle.  I punched a bunch of snowflakes with a Martha Stewart punch and embossed the front of the card with the new Spellbinder M-Bossibilities.  Rounding the corners softened the effect.  You can see that I added a loop so that this can be hung on the Christmas tree.  If you'll skip on over to my Craft-Dee BowZ blog, you'll see some different samples of this same card, but they will be offset with a pretty bow (of course!).

I hope this has inspired you to create a little out of the box.  Ciao for now!

Ciao Bella! 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

I think I'm getting the hang of this!

I'm talking about simple cards.  I find that I have a tendency to either over think a card or just plain add more to it.  I envy the artists out there who can master a simple clean card that makes me go "oooh!  I love that.  Why didn't I think of that?"

So, here are two cards (identical in layout) that are simple, quick to put together and yet catch the eye.  See what you think.

(First, I apologize for my photo  being a tiny blurry here -- sorry.)  Both cards were done using Washi tape (yes, that glitter is Washi tape -- love it!!).    And here's the second one also using Washi tape.

The same layout, but different colors and accents.  Tell me what you think -- did I make it simple?  LOL!  Thanks for any comments you may leave.

Ciao for now!

Ciao Bella! 

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Silver and blue...

As I may have mentioned before, I love mirror card stock.  I also love Glitter Ritz and easel cards.   Sooo! Why not put them all together for this winter card?

A very easy card to create with the right dies from Memory Box.  I utilized all the negative pieces that popped from the die and created a mosaic strip at the bottom of the card for the easel to stand against. Once the negative pieces were in place, I dusted the strip with Glitter Ritz and rubbed it in.   I also used a Cuttlebug embossing folder for the background beneath the dies.  The corners were created using a fancy corner punch and glued into place.

That's it for today!  Feel free to comment or ask questions!

Ciao for now!

Ciao Bella! 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012


With the wind howling out there today, it sounds and feels like we should be in 6 feet of snow.  But luckily, it's just the wind and rain!  So since the wind put me in the mood, here's a card I created for a class at Kept Creations in early December.

I used some new product (for me) on this card.  I started with a cream based card and added a piece of handmade gold embossed paper.  The paper was a bit dull in color so I boosted it with a spritz of Goosebumps and a smattering of gold glitter.  Next up was a labels die by Spellbinders and a sentiment by Papertrey Ink.  The pinecone was made using the Punch Bunch pear punch and the leaves were punched from a Martha Stewart punch.  I then dusted the pinecone with the new Flowersoft Glitter Frosting (Hint of Green).  The final touch was some gold ball embellishments.

So, I hope this is the closest I come to "snow" for a very long time, but I just thought you might enjoy a Christmas card to get you in the mood.

Ciao for now!

Ciao Bella!